Director Biography – Kristen Batko (A LOVE STORY)

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Kristen Batko was born and raised in Michigan and studied film with a concentration in screenwriting at the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors and awards, she worked in television in New York, before settling in Los Angeles to pursue writing and directing.

Batko’s creative interests lie in the intersection of art and activism. In her body of work, she explores mental illness, trauma, addiction, LGBTQ issues, and diverse representation through the lends of narrative, and, oftentimes, genre. But she is open to telling many kinds of stories, so long as there is a fascinating character’s psyche to sink her teeth into.

If you’re searching for her, you can find her at her laptop, working on her next project and her posture. She is currently represented at CAA and Writ Large.

Director Statement

Starting at age eleven, I noticed that adults often forgot what it was like to be younger. How perceptive we were, how complex we were, how our troubles could be just as real and awful as adult ones. So every year, on my birthday, I would take stock of what I knew, what I felt like adults didn’t understand about people my age, and promised myself I would continue to remember what it was like to be that age when I was older.

A Love Story is honoring that promise, exploring one teenager navigating what are typically thought of as “adult problems.” Ultimately, she’ll need to fail or succeed at solving them on her own.

Ratings

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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